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    Quote Originally Posted by jbcohen View Post
    I heard from a shave collector some years ago who claimed to have some shave stuff from this era and before. He claimed to have a 1702 straight razor that looked like a small hatchet and a straight from Jean of Arc's time period that was in the shape of a thick necklace, the sort that women today would wear but only a lot thicker.

    It seems that the razor was worn like a necklace by a barber who would ride in a support carvan behind the french knights and would frequently shave and trim the hair from french knights who were not fighting on the lines at that point in time. He would remove the necklace and strop it on a strop that looked identical to modern strops then shave knights. Imagine shaving with a circular razor.
    I'd love to see a picture of that circular razor if anyone has a link to a photo or drawing of one.

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    Here is a Hall from later in that period. Notice the heel and tang. Hall went out of business in 1830. So, I would guess, and have seen in the Razor Book, that your razors fit the earlier ( pre-1800) period that you are wanting; Flat short tail and no heel. Heel came in, according to the books I found, about 1800±10.
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    PS, lovely shavers!
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    Call me outdated and old fashioned but...that's a fine lookin blade. Nice lines.

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    Thanks, She was my first of the period and a really nice shaver. All others I have found are, unfortunately so far, only blades to rescale. None with the no-heel and flat tang.
    Now back to the 1700s Show.
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    Thanks for starting this thread and thanks to all posting pics. I am fascinated with history and would love to purchase a pre-1800 straight. I'll be watching this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    Here is a Hall from later in that period. Notice the heel and tang. Hall went out of business in 1830. So, I would guess, and have seen in the Razor Book, that your razors fit the earlier ( pre-1800) period that you are wanting; Flat short tail and no heel. Heel came in, according to the books I found, about 1800±10.
    Respectfully
    ~Richard
    PS, lovely shavers!
    I have seen a couple late era Clark & Halls lately, yours looks very nice compared to the last one I saw /shudder

    THere have been a few nice ones popping up lately, wish I was in a position to jump on them

    Keep it going guys, I'm lovin this

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    Don't worry to much about the lack of tail or thin spine Even with my big hands I was able to NOT cut myself with this one.

    ER is all thats left of any kind of writing on this blade and it's a duplicate look to my Clark & Hall, so I'm thinking it's from a similar maker around the same time frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DwarvenChef View Post
    Don't worry to much about the lack of tail or thin spine Even with my big hands I was able to NOT cut myself with this one.

    ER is all thats left of any kind of writing on this blade and it's a duplicate look to my Clark & Hall, so I'm thinking it's from a similar maker around the same time frame.
    You outbid me to get that one, Chef. Congrats!

    I'll give you my opinion, but you know what that's worth. That is a John Barber. I think I can make out part of the Compass.
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    I have a few 1700 - 1880's Razors. I have a Clark and Hall, Packwood , Lord and Harvy, Westholm. They are all shave ready and I do use
    them. I do historical reenacting and do straight razor shaving as part of my reenacting. People are amazed when I shave, and one of
    my buddies always takes bets that I will slice my neck, it's a kick. My only issue is that the scales will get broken, I know I could repair
    or replace the scales but it would not be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DwarvenChef View Post
    ER is all thats left of any kind of writing on this blade and it's a duplicate look to my Clark & Hall, so I'm thinking it's from a similar maker around the same time frame.
    Here's my W & B with a blade that looks almost exactly like your C & H! It looks like whatever time period these razors were made in (probably 1820's), this was a popular shape for the blades.
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